Focalin XR Abuse
Because Focalin XR is a stimulant, it can be habit-forming when used in doses that are higher than what your healthcare provider has recommended or for extended periods of time. Getting high and losing weight are among the reasons why some people may abuse this medicine. Focalin XR abuse can have extremely dangerous health consequences, including but not limited to an irregular heartbeat, dangerously high body temperatures, and/or the potential for cardiovascular failure or seizures.
Medications can be effective when they are used properly, but some can be addictive and dangerous when misused. Fortunately, most Americans take their medications responsibly. Addiction to prescription drugs is rare. However, in 2003, approximately 15 million Americans reported using a prescription drug for non-medical reasons at least once during the year.
Focalin XR® (dexmethylphenidate extended-release) is a prescription medication used for the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). As a stimulant, Focalin XR can be habit-forming when used in doses higher than the recommended dosage or for extended periods of time. It is also often abused. Stimulants, such as Focalin XR are also known as uppers and beanies, among other names.
There are many reasons why Focalin XR is abused. One reason for Focalin XR abuse is for a "high." Stimulants such as Focalin XR can increase alertness, attention, and energy, which are accompanied by increases in blood pressure, heart rate, and breathing. Another reason Focalin XR is abused is for weight loss (see Focalin XR and Weight Loss). Weight loss is a common side effect of stimulants. Focalin XR is also sometimes abused by students who do not have ADHD, but feel that it helps them perform better in school.